Shoot Positioning

Appears in
Oxford Companion to Wine

By Jancis Robinson

Published 2006

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shoot positioning, spring and summertime viticultural practice of placing vine shoots in the desired position to assist in trimming, leaf removal, and harvest operations, and to facilitate the control of vine diseases and vine pests.

The practice is by no means universal but is more common in wet and humid climates with high vineyard vigour and a high risk of fungal diseases, particularly in Germany, Alsace, and New Zealand. In the drier climates of southern France, Spain, Portugal, California, and Australia, the risk of fungal diseases is much lower and shoot positioning is not as common.